Explorer Loop Trail #337
3.0 miles round trip - Moderate - This loop trail is fairly easy, though it has one steep climb. Be sure to follow the blazes, since there are unauthorized trails that intersect this trail. After approximately ¼ mile, you will cross a small stream, and then begin a short but steep climb to an intersection with Chestnut Cove Trail (#662). At this point the trail turns sharply to the left, and then follows an easy grade through a nice hardwood forest. Thereafter, where the trail angles to its right, you will again pass trail “337A” (again signed), which can be used to return to FS 479H. The trail subsequently passes an intersection with Sleepy Gap Trail (#339), crosses Beaten Branch, and then drops to Bent Creek. At an old road which leads to FS 479, it again makes a sharp left turn to parallel Bent Creek; at times the trail is high above the creek. The remainder is fairly flat and wide as you return to FS 479H; turn right on the road and you will return to the gate where you began.
Approximate Elevation Change: 200 feet
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|